Rashtrapati Bhavan will host one of its largest gatherings for a single event on Thursday evening where around 5,000-6,000 eminent persons are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers who will take oath on 30 May, for a second term.
The ceremony will be held mostly the way it was conducted in 2014. The swearing-in ceremony will be hosted at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan - the stately path between the main gates and the main building, which is used for the ceremonial reception of visiting heads of state and heads of government.
However, this would be the fourth time a prime minister would take oath at the forecourt instead of the Durbar Hall.
Rashtrapati Bhavan will serve a light dinner for the visiting dignitaries besides high tea after the 7 pm ceremony. Along with the tea, they will also serve vegetarian fare ranging from samosas to Rajbhog and lemon tarts. A highlight of the dinner will be the signature 'Dal Raisina' that is already being cooked.